WST Weekly Update

October 12 - October 16, 2020

From the Director

Hello, families! It appears fall is in full-bloom, the trees are changing colors, the temperatures are beginning to cool, and there is a new crispness in the air.

WST continues to prepare for in-person lab-time for students at WST. We are ALMOST there! Staff in the office now have their plexiglass shields in place and are eager to see our students back on campus.

Beginning Wednesday, October 14, students, families, and our community will have the opportunity to complete the Panorama Survey for West Sound Tech. Be on the lookout this week for more information on how to complete the survey to support our growth and support for you at WST.

Students in Cosmetology and Esthetics are engaging in their online learning in the live (synchronous) environment at rates of 90% or more. Our students continue to keep up their positivity, even in the remote learning environment.

Please remind your student that it is very important to attend the live (synchronous) Zoom sessions with their instructor and that completion of their online work is equally as important.

Students should be completing their daily check-in each day. This is an easy step for students, they just go into the online system for their WST class and complete the daily check-in for the day (typically it is just checking to see how the student is doing that day and if they need any assistance with the learning). Daily check-in's help the instructors support your student with any challenges that may arise.

We are looking forward to engaging in live, hands-on lab time just as soon as allowed! In the meantime, if you have any great stories about your students learning with WST or an example of an instructor going above and beyond for your student, please share them with me!

Career Safe: Safety Education

WST Students Begin OSHA 10 Training Online

Students in Construction and Welding begin this next week preparing for OSHA 10 card through Career Safe. Once students complete the 10 hours of safety training and complete successfully the assessment, they will earn this industry recognized card for OSHA 10.

West Sound Tech Students will be more prepared for college and careers after high school through their successful completion of OSHA 10. AND it looks GREAT on a resume!

From Bela Kovacs, the Welding Instructor for his welding students:

Follow the instructions below to sign into CareerSafe. By doing this and doing the ten hour course you will receive an OSHA 10 card. This card will be of value to you when applying for any job. Also having this card looks real good on a resume.

Student Instructions
To create an account on the CareerSafe Campus:
Navigate to the CareerSafe Campus at
Click the Create an Account link. The Create New Account page displays.
Enter your email address as well as your first and last name. Click the Continue button. The Security Info page displays.
Create a password and choose a security question.
Review the Terms of Use and Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act information and select the checkboxes to indicate you understand and agree to the requirements. Click the Continue button. The Welcome page displays.
In the Enroll with a Voucher or Teacher Code section, enter the code your teacher gave you and click the Submit button. The course you requested displays in the Pending Seat Requests section. Once your teacher has approved the request, you will be able to start your course.

Washington State Department of Commerce

Americorps Jobs for Youth 17-25

Addressing food insecurity and creating meaningful service opportunities for young


The youth service corps will deploy 100 AmeriCorps members between the ages of 17-25 during the 2020-21 academic year to assist community non-profits focused on alleviating food insecurity in Washington State.

By supporting food packing and distribution at food banks, managing and serving in meal distribution sites at schools, providing food access to vulnerable populations, and growing and gleaning fresh fruits and vegetables in community gardens for food banks, Response Corps members will help keep our most vulnerable neighbors fed and healthy during these difficult times. Know any youth who might be interested in serving in their local community and making a difference? Encourage them to apply today! Participating organizations are actively recruiting now and will select members by October 15, 2020.

Financial Aid Advising

Financial aid matters. Nationally, seniors who complete a financial aid application are 84 percent more likely to enroll in postsecondary education. The rate is even higher for students from lower‐income families. From an apprenticeship program to a two-or-four-year college degree, education beyond high school prepares students for jobs that move them beyond minimum wage. Even a one-year credential program at a community or technical college can increase future earnings.

Coming Soon: Nora Zollweg, our student services coordinator will provide a virtual Financial Aid Workshop for all students at WST. During this time, students and families will learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).

Check our website for more information!

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West Sound Technical Skills Center

Mission: The mission of West Sound Technical Skills Center is to ensure that all students are prepared for life, career, and college through industry-based, technically rigorous programs.

Vision: To prepare every West Sound Technical Skills Center graduate to be career and college ready, enter the global workforce, and be a successful and contributing citizen through innovative and flexible program opportunities.